At Rockliffe Manor Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for children when it is planned in a cross-curricular way, taking on board their interests and therefore, enabling children to make links throughout their learning. We always ensure our activities include challenges for all learners, opportunities for children to develop through play and real life experiences with lots of interaction from adults and peers. We have high expectations of both staff and pupils and always strive to achieve outstanding outcomes.


Our core texts this half term are ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ by Vivian French and ‘The Enormous Turnip’ by Katie Daynes.

Maths: This half term we will be continuing counting to twenty and the concept of “one more than and one less than”, as well as learning about positional language. The children will be involved in taking pictures and creating a Nursery math’s book to help secure their knowledge of numerals and quantity.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: We will continue focus on circle time activities, which will enhance our communication, listening and concentration skills and confidence with others.

Role Play: The children will continue to develop their communication and language skills through experiences in the role play area, which will be set up as a Fruit and Vegetable shop linked to the theme of growing.

Physical development: We will engage in a variety of funky finger activities and physical activities to support our movement and fine motor development.

Sound of the week: This term we will continue to teach the children a “sound of the week” as part of our phonics program. This term we will cover n, m, d, g, o and c. The sound of the week will be displayed on the phonics learning wall inside the classroom.

Parents and carers can support their children’s learning at home through daily reading. This will enable children to further develop their vocabulary and communication skills. We will be continuing our ‘Parents’ Reading Morning ‘every Thursday morning; you are very welcome to come into Nursery and spend some time at the start of the day reading with your child each week. 

If you would like to discuss more about how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Nursery.



This term, Reception will be continuing to explore the global theme of ‘Choices and Voices’. Using our core text ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’ as inspiration, the children will be creating their own statement pieces of art and selling them to parents at their very own art gallery. All money raised will be going to the charity Save the Children, in the hope that a child in another country might get the chance to go to school.

Maths: In Spring 2, we will be starting off by exploring positional language and applying it to different contexts, e.g. our school trip journey. We will also be looking at doubling numbers to 10 and solving simple addition and subtraction word problems. The children will be introduced to time, focusing on o’clock, half past and using clocks to sequence events that occur in the day. They will finish the term by looking at more or less, estimating and number bonds to 10 linked to the money we will be raising for charity.

Phonics: This term we will be learning and revising all Phase 3 sounds. We will also continue practising tricky words and blending and segmenting both orally and written. Here is a website that you may find useful to support your child with their phonics at home -

Understanding of the world/EAD: After carrying out a class vote, the majority of children decided that they wanted to have a doctor’s surgery/hospital in the role play area for Spring 2 as part of our right to be healthy and looked after when we are sick. We will also be visiting the Tate Modern art gallery to get ideas for our own art gallery which will be taking place towards the end of the term. As Spring is quickly approaching, we will also be looking at seasonal changes and planting in the outdoor area.

Our author focus this half term will be Nick Butterworth. The children will have the opportunity to read a selection of his books in our book corner.

Children will be doing PE on a Monday or Friday.

The children will take a book home every week with their reading journal, and they will continue with their guided reading sessions each week. Please do leave a comment in the journal when you read with your child each evening. 

Enjoying books with your child will help to develop their learning in phonics as well as communication and language skills, so please do try and read regularly with your child. We will be continuing our ‘Parents’ Reading Morning’ every Thursday, which is an opportunity to come in to Reception and read with your child.

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Reception.

Latest News

Book Week 2019 Posted on: 08/03/2019

Book Week 2019

This week marked our annual Rockliffe Manor Book Week. Throughout this week the children have engaged in many exciting events and activities to further inspire and encourage their love of reading. To begin the week we opened the doors to our ever popular Book Fair where children were able to browse and purchase books, with a portion of all sales being donated back to school in book vouchers. We are pleased to share that this added up to a grand total of £557.94 which we can now use to purchase lots of lovely new books. We also launched our bookmark competition where for the donation of £1.00 children could design a bookmark to be in with a chance to win some fantastic prizes! This raised another £54.00 for our school fund and we would like to congratulate all who took part! We were also lucky enough to have author David Lucas visit us. David delivered hugely exciting assembly to the whole school as well us some really enjoyable and informative writing workshops. On Tuesday we held our annual 'Dad's Breakfast' event, where Dads, Grandads, Uncles and other male relatives were invited to share a delicious breakfast and a book with their children - thank you to everyone who joined us! Later on in the week children and staff celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite book characters and on Friday afternoon, to mark the end of Book Week, our children all took part in 'Buddy Reading' where they joined up with their friends from another class to spend time and share a book with eachother. What a wonderful week!
View All News